Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fond Farewell to Cookbook Collection Benefactor

It is with regret that Steenbock Library notes the recent passing of Rheta McCutchin. For many years, the library enjoyed donations of cookbooks from Rheta’s personal collection. Her discerning eye and kind generosity enriched the Steenbock collection in size and breadth—particularly with titles documenting historical and regional trends in cooking.

Rheta McCutchin worked for UW-Madison during the course of thirty years, retiring from her position as Director of Housing Food Service in 1994.

The library expresses sympathy to family and friends.

Grants Information Collection Workshops

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Grants Information Collection librarian will offer several workshops during the summer. Descriptions, dates and meeting times for each workshop are listed below. There is no fee or registration required but seating can be limited. Workshops are held at Memorial Library, Room 436 (728 State Street). Non-UW participants can obtain a day-pass by presenting a photo ID at the entrance. For more information, send email to grantsinfo@library.wisc.edu

Grants for Non-Profit Organizations
Each session will include an orientation to the Collection, general grant-seeking tips, and hands-on experience using the Foundation Center's foundation database, Foundation Directory Online. This workshop is suitable for staff of nonprofit organizations and UW clientele.
Friday, June 29 (9:00am – 12:00 noon)
Monday, July 23 (9:00am - 12:00 noon)

Identifying Grants for Research & Project Funding
This workshop is aimed at those from the University community (and from the public at large) who are interested in identifying grant opportunities for their research and special projects. Emphasis is on funding for academic pursuits.
Thursday, August 30 (10:00am - 11:30am)

Grants for Your Education
This presentation is for current and future students in Wisconsin (of any institute of higher education) interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to individuals for their education and related purposes. The focus will be on how to identify funding sources beyond those that are available through most offices of financial aid.
Tuesday, August 21 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Retaining Access to RefWorks Citations

If you are leaving the UW-Madison campus where you have enjoyed access to RefWorks, there are several ways you can retain access to your citations.

If you are going to continue using RefWorks at another institution or through a personal subscription, you should use the Backup/Restore feature.

First, Backup your citations in your current RefWorks account.
Then, open your future RefWorks account, when available, and Restore your backup citations. *

*Note: Your RefWorks account should be empty when using the Restore command. Restoring will overwrite all of the references in your database. When restoring, do so in an empty database or to an account that does not have any data you want to save.

If you will not continue to have access to RefWorks or will be switching to another citation manager such as EndNote or Reference Manager, among others, then you should use the Export feature of RefWorks.

Export your citations from your current RefWorks account.
Select the Bibliographic Software (EndNote, Reference Manager, ProCite). Citations will not be saved in folders but in one merged file unless you export each folder separately. Follow your specific software product directions to Import these citations.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Library Resources for the Newly Departed (New Graduates)

If you have just completed your university studies—we congratulate you on that achievement. And, did you know that there are library resources you can continue to access once you have left our institution?

Visit the Wisconsin Alumni Association Library Access page for information about publicly-available online collections and association membership benefits that also include online access to two sizeable, article databases.

Information is also available from our libraries’ Website about borrowing privileges for residents (Wisconsin) and non-residents and fee-based document delivery services.

If you remain in the state of Wisconsin, you will also be able to use Badgerlink, a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning that supports access to quality online information resources. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Wherever you go, though, do acquaint yourself with your local public and academic libraries where you will be able to visit and to access many of their resources, in-house and online.

Spring Intersession Hours (May 21-June 17)

Steenbock Library will observe the following hours during the spring intersession:

Monday-Friday (8:00am - 5:00pm)

Saturday-Sunday (Closed)

Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 (Closed)

Reference assistance is available at the Information Services Desk: Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Other hours by in-house request or scheduled appointment. Send appointment request to: asksteenbock@library.wisc.edu or phone: 608-262-9635.

The Infolab is open all hours that the library is open.

Off-Campus Access to Library Collections and Services

While you are away from campus during the summer, you can still access most library resources you use regularly. Below, you will find links to information about book and journal collections, delivery services, and assistance you can obtain from the libraries via email, IM or phone.

Journal Databases
Access databases by following the database link from Steenbock’s Journal Database page or the E-Resources menu. When you select a link to a particular database, you will be prompted to enter your NetID; once entered, you will have access to the contents of the database.

Full-text Journals Online
Access online editions of journals by using the Find It menu to determine whether full-text is available (with a link) or browse and follow links from the EJournals List. Supply your NetID when prompted, and you will have full access to available online journal content.

Print Journals
Request scanned copies of articles from the journals the libraries have only in a print-format. The cost is $2.00 per article with payment made using a campus UDDS fund account or personal WisCard account. Place the request using Library Express, where you will enter your 11-digit ID number. To enable payment, log in to Library Express, then enter your billing information on the Edit WisCard and Fund Accounts page.

Journals Not on Campus
Use the Library Express service to request scanned copies of journal articles that are not available by journal subscription in our campus libraries. There is no charge to you for this service request.

Books from Campus (and other) Libraries
If you are outside of Dane County, but in the United States, you can have library books shipped to you at no charge. Return shipping will also be paid. Requests for books by mail must be submitted using Library Express. Additional information about how to request books by mail from UW-Madison libraries and from other libraries can be found at the Distance Library Services page, "Obtaining Material".

For more additional information, see the Distance Library Services page.

Individual Help and Consultation
Contact Steenbock Library (or your Liaison Librarian) by phone, email, or IM for reference assistance or other individual help about collections and services.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Final Exam Prep Week Hours (May 11-20)

Steenbock Library will observe the following hours during the campus finals week:

Friday, May 11 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)
Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13 (10:00 am - 1:00 am)

Monday-Thursday, May 14-17 (8:00 am - 1:00 am)
Friday, May 18 (8:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20 (Library is closed)

Best wishes for a successful end of term!

Monday, May 07, 2007

EndNote Web

EndNote Web is a new companion to the EndNote Bibliographic Software package.

You can import references from hundreds of online bibliographic databases, edit references—add notes, keywords—modify any field, and use over 2,300 publishing styles to format in-text citations and bibliographies.

For professional researchers and graduate students who depend on EndNote desktop features, such as the ability to organize and cite images and manage PDFs and term lists, EndNote Web is the perfect complement. References can be transferred easily to and from Endnote Web and directly to EndNote on the desktop.

EndNote Web may also be used as a stand-alone product independent of the EndNote desktop edition. It provides a bibliographic solution for undergraduate students and occasional writers. Search in a database of your choice, electronically transfer records to EndNote Web, and format a bibliography in the style of your choice.

For more information about setting up using and your free EndNote Web account, visit Steenbock Library’s EndNote Web Quick Start Guide.

EndNote Web is free to campus users courtesy of UW-Madison Libraries.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Bike to Work Week (May 12-18)

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin encourages you to discover a fitness and transportation solution with its spring “Bike to Work Week” event. Visit the Federation Website to view the Madison calendar of events where you can tune up that bike, snack and socialize with fellow cyclists. The Federation also supplies a handy commuting guide at its site.

Online resources:

City of Madison Bicycle Information page

Mappers (Map my Fitness Run, Ride, Walk…)

Madison Area Transportation Options Map

Steenbock Library also maintains books and documents--National Park Service and US Forest Service, among others--suitable for researching recreational activities and natural areas. Search the MadCat library catalog or speak with a librarian to locate these publications.